Everyone has a few talents, areas in which he or she shines. Music is not mine. While I enjoy almost every style of song, I have been asked to enjoy it silently.
I’m sure the woman standing next to me in the vegetable aisle of my local grocery store last week was thinking of a polite way of screaming this at me as I belted out “ . . . best friend . . . hmmmm . . .” singing along with the muzak piped overhead. I caught her look and with reddened cheeks stopped mid stanza, but the term “best friend” and what it means to sing with the joy of it stayed with me.
While most of the country is sweltering, we’ve escaped the worst of the heat in the Pacific Northwest so Fall is not quite so difficult to imagine. (But the flipside is we’re all on Vitamin D supplements from sunshine deficiency so don’t get too envious!) I associate my grandmother with the fall season. In my [...]
A friend asked me for a dollar. He eyed the edges, smoothed it flat, and folded it in a pattern he held only in his mind. He spoke softly as he worked, as if he was infusing the process with a delicate enchantment. When he was done, he unfolded his hand and held out the [...]
I enjoy my local YMCA. It’s a communal haven where retirees gather with friendly waves, smiles, and gentle pats on the back in support. It’s a place for Moms to meet for a break in the routine and lap the indoor track pushing strollers, their hands gesturing broadly as if words can’t contain the fullness [...]
The lovely and talented Sharla Lovelace: www.sharlalovelace.blogspot.com has invited me to guest blog today so I’ve packed up my writerly apparatuses and journeyed over. Please join us. We welcome your comments. Sharla Lovelace is the author of THE REASON IS YOU coming out in April 2012. She lives in Southeast Texas with her family, an [...]
Summer is here. A time for breathing deeply, rocking slowly, and fanning gently while sipping lemonade on the front porch . . . I can dream, can’t I? Reality is different. There is a giant, ticking clock in my head and it alarms frequently.